Students will be streamed into the four terms – Terms 1, 3 and 4 (Health Education) and Term 2 (Careers).
Students participate in a programme that encourages them to examine their personal strengths, interests and attitudes and explore different work and career options that best suit their needs and abilities. It is not anticipated that students will be matched with a career, but rather they will develop career skills that will help them to make informed decisions at the appropriate time in their lives.
The programme is designed to emphasise self-exploration skills for students to honestly assess their performance in past years, address areas of strengths and weaknesses, interests and hobbies and to set goals for the coming year. Students will use the knowledge gained from these activities to complete career exploration activities, designed to assist with their career planning. There will also be some emphasis placed on developing an Individual Portfolio Pathway that will help them to set realistic goals for the future.
The primary focus in Term 2 will be on course selections and understanding the decisions they are facing in terms of their education and training post-Year 10. Careers will allow them the opportunity to explore further tertiary studies, apprenticeships or full time employment. Students will be given the opportunity to use the Job Guide and the internet to investigate career pathways, courses to assist with subject selection and the prerequisites requirements.
Students are introduced to a broad range of health issues. We emphasise that health encompasses 5 facets: spiritual, mental/intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Students will learn how to explain the impact of social and cultural influences on personal identity and health, safety and wellbeing, including stereotypes and gender, diversity and cultural differences. They will analyse media messages about health, and propose and evaluate interventions to improve individual and community health and wellbeing. Students will also be able to evaluate the impact of emotional responses on relationships and apply skills and strategies to promote respectful relationships, such as taking action to address disrespect or other inappropriate behaviour.
As part of Health Education, students will complete the pre-driver education. The “Keys for Life” programme, which is a SCSA Endorsed Programme, is conducted in Term 1 to coincide with students commencing as Learner Drivers.
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